14th (1929) edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica-more of the “A”s

Next we come to Ivar Aasen (1813-1896) Norwegian philologist and lexicographer. The EB states “…Aasen did no less than construct out of the different material at his disposal, a popular language… for Norway.” This constructed language became the official language of Norway in place of Dano-Norwegian. The father of the Norwegian language.

The next person of interest is Cleveland Abbe (1838-1916) American meteorologist and astronomer. EB states “Abbe was often and justly called the ‘father of the weather bureau’.” He also introduced the system of standard time.

John Stevens Cabot Abbott (1805-1877) was an American writer. Per EB “ He is best known, however, as the author of a partisan and unscholarly but very readable History of Napoleon Bonaparte.” How is that for an Encyclopedia Britannica backhanded complement! Ouch! He died by the way in Fair Haven, CT USA near New Haven, where I work.

George Gordon Aberdeen (1637-1720) 1st Earl of  and lord chancellor of Scotland and the son of Sir George Gordon of Haddo, who had been executed by the Presbyterians in 1664.

As chancellor “He executed the laws enforcing religious conformity with severity.” Maybe this had something to do with his father’s Presbyterian execution??

John Abernethy (1764-1831) British Surgeon. “His lectures were so crowded that the governors of the hospital decided to build a regular lecture theater…He had enjoyed great celebrity in private practice, enhanced it is said, by his rough manners.” I am amazed by the lasting comments of minor personalities after hundreds of years!

Abhorrers was the name given in 1679 to the persons who expressed their abhorrence of those who signed petitions urging King Charles II to assemble parliament. Horrors!

Abrahamites were a sect of deists in Bohemia in the 18th century who professed to be followers of the pre-circumcised Abraham and declined to be classed either as Christians or Jews. As a religious sect, they disappeared by the end of the century, but to be remembered in the Encyclopedia Britannica 200 years later!

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